Robert Pattinson will jump right into two new movies after wrapping up promotion of “Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” One could put his life in real danger. Yet, he can’t wait to get started filming.
His upcoming film “Mission: Blacklist,” will be shot in Iraq, where conditions are tense and sectarian killings by suicide bombers are still almost an everyday occurrence.
The U.S. military presence in Iraq ended in December a year ago, although the country still maintains an embassy in Bagdad and consulates in various cities. Britain’s presence in the war-torn country ended seven months earlier.
Because the 26-year-old star a British citizen, the British Embassy will be responsible for looking after him while he’s in country and will take the lead should anything happen. The U.S. Embassy would likely assist as well.
His movie is based on the true story of Army interrogator Eric Maddox, who was involved in the capture of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. Pattinson’s family was opposed to him filming in the country, at first.
“My parents seem to be coming around to it now,” he told MTVNews. “That’s strange. I don’t know what happened.”
He’s also already signed on to shoot “The Rover,” a western set in futuristic post-apocalyptic world in Australia. Pattinson plays Rey, a robber who is wounded and abandoned by his gang during a hold up. His victim, played by Guy Pearce, forces him to track down the gang to recover his stolen stuff.
“It’s a really tough script,” Rob told MTV” “It’s one of the best I’ve read. It’s one of my top five favorite scripts I’ve read since I started doing this. It’s really nerve-racking.”
But it probably doesn’t come close to venturing to Iraq, where he will face real-life danger.